Ms. Addie’s Place was a home away from home for black women who wanted to better themselves in the late 1950s. Black women from all over the south, from the deep woods of Mississippi to all sectors of New Orleans, flocked to the safe haven of Ms. Addie’s where they knew if they mind their manners (or hoped to find some) and kept their dresses down, they would earn a place in society that they couldn’t get sitting at home.
– Opening lines of “Ms. Addie’s Place” in The Collection
Author, poet, and educator Kimberly Michelle Scott, has released her most recent book The Collection: A book of short stories, on both Nook Press and Kindle Direct Book. Her previous releases include: From Now Until Infinity: A Reflection Into Womanhood (2006), From Infinity until Beyond: A Journey Into Life (2010), and NAKED: Monologues for African American Women (2013).
What sets The Collection apart from your previous books?
The Collection is my first work of short stories. My first two books are poetry collections, and the third is a collection of monologues. Also, this is my first work fully self-published by me—not represented by a publishing company. However, I put in the same amount of time and dedication as I did with the others.
Where does your passion come from? Your inspiration?
Next to my faith and my mom, with whom I want both to be well-pleased, my readers and fan-base are my inspiration. I write for the entertainment of others. When I think to myself how I want my readers to enjoy what I write, I am able to pour my heart and soul into what I write.
When did you start writing? Why?
I have been writing since I was about four years old. In Kindergarten, when all the other kids were drawing pictures, I was creating books with words and pictures on my construction paper! I have always loved writing!
What made you decide to release directly to Nook & Kindle?
To be honest, traditional publishing is hard to break into. After three tries with vanity presses (my first three books), I said why wait around stifling my readers. I have something to say that I think they will love, so I told myself to have at it. I have more control this way. While there are other projects that I am working on that I will send out to agents and publishers, I saw The Collection as a book for which I did not want my readers to wait any longer.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Be persistent, follow your heart, and do your research.
Tell us about some of your previous projects (articles you’ve written etc.)
As an author of all genres, I have had the privilege to work on many projects. I was a Yahoo! Shine author, and I wrote for The Guardian Express. It was okay writing articles, but creative fiction is where my heart lies. Aside from my two poetry collections and my book of monologues, a memoir I wrote was featured in the book HerStory (all of which are available for purchase on Amazon and Kindle as well).
What’s next for you? (A break? Another book?)
I am always working on something. I am hoping in this upcoming year to release three books that I have been polishing, so no, a break is not in my near future!
What’s something you’d like to tell the readers about yourself?
As an emerging author, it is hard to gain readership, so I challenge you to give my books and those of other emerging authors a try! You may like what we write! There is no other “thank you” a reader can give than a review. Contrarily to what you might think, I am not too overwhelmed for my readers. I would love to hear from you, and most of all, I would love to read your reviews (even on previous works)!
I’ve been fighting a horrible cold the last few weeks and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. I took some time off of writing to allow my body to rest; but, as of yesterday, I’m back up at 6:00 a.m. to work on my writing (before heading to the day job).
I really need to focus on finishing these edits, getting it to a few beta readers, and then off to an editor and agent. We are all often so busy working on someone else’s dream or problem, that we don’t take the time to work on our own.
I follow a few accounts on Instagram that are very motivating and geared towards entrepreneurs. I’ve seen several quotes recently that have gotten me thinking about my goals and revenue streams. While my dream is to write full time, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
One of the quotes recently said “They think they are going to get rich working 9-5” and the other one said “Never rely on just one revenue stream.” Well, I really don’t have any aspirations to be a billionaire, frankly, but it would be nice to focus on my writing full time and still pay my bills. To that end, I’ve thought often of consulting with the unemployed regarding their job skills, interview skills, and attire for interviews.
I have a Bachelors degree in Business Management and have interviewed more people than I can count. I’m often surprised at people’s behavior and appearance when they arrive for an interview. I’m often disappointed in the resumes that I receive and am very surprised at the number of glaring mistakes and typos in them.
I’m going to start following a few consulting boards on LinkedIn to see if I can gain any insight as to the right way to approach this and determine if it would be worth my time in the long run.
I have not been blogging as frequently as I had originally committed to do doing, partially from being sick, and partially from focusing on my more tangible projects.
I will continue to post here, however, I may focus more articles on what I know, rather than just my journey. As they say, write what you know and even though it’s not colorful and exciting, I think people would benefit from the information I have stored in my head.
By the way, if you understand my reference in the subject heading, don’t be a lazy lima bean, let me know in the comments!